Marne Valley - Champagne
The largest Champagne houses have tradionnaly focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, using Pinot Meunier to stretch their entry-level Brut Champagnes. Wide availability of Meunier, greater resistance to disease, and increasing demand for Meunier have inspired smaller vineyards in the Marne Valley to produce single vineyard, single-vintage and single varietal Champagnes. The legendary artisanal winemakers at La Closerie produce 100% Meunier Champagnes.
There are over 500 producers just in the Chateau Thierry area in the west of the Marne and is known to produce some amazing and inexpensive champagnes. The largest house cellar in the region has been used for over 700 years, first as a mushroom cellar and then for champagne.